Press Releases and Articles
Mar | 2015
San Diego – Ventura Unified School District and Chula Vista Elementary School District have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Multiple Pathways to Biliteracy District Recognition Award. The Californians Together award celebrates districts that are leading the way to world-class language education in preschool through 12th grade. …Read More.
Jan | 2015
The broadcast highlights the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy in Oregon. Executive Director, Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, talks about the development and importance of The Seal of Biliteracy.
Dec | 2014
The Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) honored 12 county school districts and one charter school as partners in the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards program during a special recognition agenda item at its Dec. 10 meeting. A new Wall of Honor was unveiled, highlighting the initiative and the commitment of county schools in promoting language assets for all students.
Jul | 2014
Nearly 25,000 graduating high school students across California this summer have earned state recognition for achieving proficiency in multiple languages, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
“Fluency in more than one language has always been an admirable skill, but it’s increasingly becoming one that’s highly sought after by employers,” Torlakson said. “In California, we encourage and recognize this accomplishment because it’s one more tool students have to help them succeed outside our classrooms.”
In the Class of 2014, 24,513 students earned these gold seals. In 2013, the number was 19,000. In 2012—the first year of the program—about 10,000 students received this special recognition.
Of the total number of gold seals, 74.49 percent were for Spanish, 9.81 percent for French, 3.88 percent for Mandarin, 1.97 percent for Japanese, 1.19 percent for German, and 0.29 percent for Cantonese. Altogether, students earned the seal for demonstrating proficiency in some 40 languages, including American Sign Language.
To qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy, high school graduates must meet certain criteria, including:
- Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes;
- Passing the California Standards Test in English language arts administered in grade eleven at the “proficient” level;
- Proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English, demonstrated by passing a foreign language Advanced Placement examination with a score of three or higher or an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of four or higher; or
- Successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a world language and attainment of an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study.
For more information on which local educational agencies participated in the program and how many Seals of Biliteracy were awarded, visit the California Department of Education’s State Seal of Biliteracy – Resources Web page.
Jul | 2014
The intent of AB 2303 is to honor school districts and county offices of education who have invested in and designed articulated and comprehensive multiple pathways to biliteracy. AB 2303, does the following:
- Establishes the State Recognition Program of Multiple Pathways to be administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) for the p urpose of recognizing school districts and county offices of education that voluntarily demonstrate excellence in providing and supporting multiple opportunities for pupils to attain biliteracy in grades preK, Kinder to 12.
- On or before December 31, 2015, the California Department of Education (CDE) shall plan and design the program and then beginning January 1, 2016 (and annually thereafter) CDE shall disseminate and review applications for recognition under the program. Beginning November 1, 2016 and annually thereafter, CDE shall provide recognition, as specified, to approved school districts and county offices of education.
Apr | 2014
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Sep | 2012
WASHINGTON– The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on Thursday announced that Californians Together is one of four recipients of its 2012 E Pluribus Unum Prize for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. The national award honors Californians Together for its work promoting biliteracy and reforms that improve student language learning and address the needs of English language learners. (more)
Aug | 2012
Jul | 2012